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Decorating your Living Room with the Colours of Winter

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

The most talented designer and artist of all time is undoubtedly our Mother Nature. The colour combinations and the forms she creates are always full of harmony, beauty and elegance. Each season she dresses up differently perfectly creating mood and atmosphere. For us nature can be an amazing source of inspiration: from bold foreboding tones to delicate palettes we can just look around and borrow these beautiful colour schemes to use them in our homes.  We spend more evenings snuggling in our living rooms during the winter, trying to forget the elements outside.  But why not bring the contrasting shades into our living room and decorate it with the colours of winter. Black & White When winter wraps nature in the sparkling white of snow, the kaleidoscope of fall colours temporarily tails away. Black and white become the main elements of the surrounding landscape. There is something Zen in this duo, which soothes our minds and sets in a relaxing, meditative mood.  Black and white schemes are typical for Scandinavian decor - no wonder, as winter is the main and longest season in the Nordic countries. In home decor it might seem a little bit cold and sterile: that’s why it is important to use a lot of texture and “warm”materials, such as wood, rattan, knitted blankets and furs to give it a more inviting, friendly feel. Spaces decorated in black and white are usually very refreshing and invigorating: it is very easy to concentrate inside them and immerse yourself in work. [caption id="attachment_3893" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Eichholtz Maxwell Sofa, Occa-Home £990.00 Eichholtz Maxwell Sofa, Occa-Home £990.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3894" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Bedford Black and White Cowhide Storage Basket, Leather & Lavender £110.00 Bedford Black and White Cowhide Storage Basket, Leather & Lavender £110.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3895" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Triform Rug, Rug Couture £382.97 Triform Rug, Rug Couture £382.97[/caption]   Winter Blues Light blues and blue-greys are other predominant colours in the winter palette. They blend with white, dark browns and blacks and create a very relaxed, softened look, perfect for decorating a living room. As with the previous scheme it does need a little bit of “warming”: think of adding brown leather, sand and cream colours, natural rugs, exposed stone, golden accessories and chocolate tones of wood. [caption id="attachment_3897" align="aligncenter" width="440"]Lausanne Armchair Check, Charcoal,£299. Stockholm Nest of 2 Occasional Tables, £129. Devon Floor Lamp, Blue, £69. Soft Shaggy Rug, Grey, £20. Tartan Cushion, Grey, £10. Tesco Direct Lausanne Armchair Check, Charcoal,£299. Stockholm Nest of 2 Occasional Tables, £129. Devon Floor Lamp, Blue, £69. Soft Shaggy Rug, Grey, £20. Tartan Cushion, Grey, £10. Tesco Direct[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3898" align="aligncenter" width="489"]Junior Vintage Leather Brass Studded Armchair, Alexander & Pearl £945.00 Junior Vintage Leather Brass Studded Armchair, Alexander & Pearl £945.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3899" align="aligncenter" width="620"]By Nord Fishing Lodge Blue Door With Padlock Cushion, Occa-Home £73.00 By Nord Fishing Lodge Blue Door With Padlock Cushion, Occa-Home £73.00[/caption]   All Shades of Grey Many people don’t like winter, we often say everything becomes “grey”, meaning not only colour but we find it easy to fall into dull and melancholic mood.  But stop!  Christmas is round the corner and this fantastic and versatile shade is a favourite of mine and even decorates many a wall in my home.  Remember it is not dull it, comes in over '50 shades of grey'. (sorry couldn't resist!) [caption id="attachment_3900" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Snowflake Cushion, Annabel James £49.95 Snowflake Cushion, Annabel James £49.95[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3901" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Northern Lighting Acorn_grey_pendant, Cloudberry Living £315.00 Northern Lighting Acorn_grey_pendant, Cloudberry Living £315.00[/caption]   A Riot of Colour There is nothing more beautiful than walking in the crisp white snow and amidst the calming scene drama appears in the form of a Holly bush. The rich deep green of the foliage with popping luscious red of the berries decorate the landscape.  The ardent orange of sunset casts shows in the evening sky to create a memory that is full of the essence of winter. These vivid and bold combinations can be successfully reinterpreted in your living room decor. When bringing these inspiring palettes into your home, try and keep the proportions suggested by nature. For example, striking red will be perhaps too much for painting the walls, but will look gorgeous as furniture and accent pieces such as vases, decorative cushions and throws. [caption id="attachment_3902" align="aligncenter" width="465"]Luna Brocade Red Velvet Stool, TheVelvetLab £193.00 Luna Brocade Red Velvet Stool, TheVelvetLab £193.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3904" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Blue on Orange Cushion, In-Spaces  £46.00 Blue on Orange Cushion, In-Spaces £46.00[/caption]   Winter is the season where neutral shades and dramatic rich tones create a cohesive design that you will just want to relax in.  I have one more gift for you, a little inspiration for where you Eat Sleep Live. Eat [caption id="attachment_3905" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Menu Verner Panton Plate Black Set Of 2, Occa-Home £30.00 Menu Verner Panton Plate Black Set Of 2, Occa-Home £30.00[/caption] Sleep [caption id="attachment_3906" align="aligncenter" width="465"]Open Minded Grey Side Table, Red Candy £168.00 Open Minded Grey Side Table, Red Candy £168.00[/caption] Live [caption id="attachment_3907" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Fairburn Wallcovering Red/Plum, ARTHOUSE £16.99 Fairburn Wallcovering Red/Plum, ARTHOUSE £16.99[/caption]    


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